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111 Consents required by certain persons.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Subject to subsection (7) below, no person shall import or acquire, release or market any genetically modified organisms—

(a)in such cases or circumstances as may be prescribed in relation to that act, or

(b)in any case where he has been given directions under section 108(8)(a) above,

except in pursuance of a consent granted by the Secretary of State and in accordance with any limitations and conditions to which the consent is subject.

(2)Subject to subsection (7) below, no person who has imported or acquired any genetically modified organisms (whether under a consent or not) shall continue to keep the organisms—

(a)in such cases or circumstances as may be prescribed, after the end of the prescribed period, or

(b)if he has been given directions under section 108(8)(b) above, after the date specified in the directions,

except in pursuance of a consent granted by the Secretary of State and in accordance with any limitations or conditions to which the consent is subject.

(3)A person who is required under subsection (2) above to cease keeping any genetically modified organisms shall dispose of them as quickly and safely as practicable.

(4)An application for a consent must contain such information and be made and advertised in such manner as may be prescribed and shall be accompanied by the fee required under section 113 below.

(5)The applicant shall, in prescribed circumstances, give such notice of his application to such persons as may be prescribed.

(6)The Secretary of State may by notice to the applicant require him to furnish such further information specified in the notice, within such period [F1and in such form and manner] as may be so specified, as he may require for the purpose of determining the application; and if the applicant fails to furnish the information within the specified period [F2and in the specified form and manner] the Secretary of State may refuse to proceed with the application.

[F3A notice under this subsection must state the reasons for requiring the further information specified in the notice.]

[F4(6ZA)A notice under subsection (6) must state the reasons for requiring the further information specified in the notice.]

[F5(6A)Where an applicant for consent for releasing or marketing genetically modified organisms becomes aware, before his application is either granted or rejected, of any new information with regard to any risks there are of damage to the environment being caused as a result of the organisms being released or marketed, he shall notify the Secretary of State of that new information forthwith.]

(7)Regulations under this section may provide for exemptions, or for the granting by the Secretary of State [F6, or by the Secretary of State and the Food Standards Agency acting jointly,] of exemptions to particular persons or classes of person, from—

(a)any requirement under subsection (1) or (2) above to have a consent, or

(b)any of the requirements to be fulfilled under the regulations by an applicant for a consent,

in such cases or circumstances as may be prescribed.

(8)Where an application for a consent is duly made to him, the Secretary of State may grant the consent subject to such limitations and conditions as may be imposed under section 112 below or he may refuse the application.

(9)The conditions attached to a consent may include conditions which are to continue to have effect notwithstanding that the holder has completed or ceased the act or acts authorised by the consent.

(10)The Secretary of State may at any time, by notice given to the holder of a consent, revoke the consent or vary the consent (whether by attaching new limitations and conditions or by revoking or varying any limitations and conditions to which it is at that time subject).

(11)Regulations under this section may make different provision for different cases and different circumstances; and in this section “prescribed” means prescribed in regulations under this section.

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F5S. 111(6A) inserted (1.2.1993) by S.I. 1992/3280, reg. 13(1)

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I1S. 111 partly in force; not in force at Royal Assent see s. 164(2)(3); s. 111(1)(2)(4)(5)(7)(11) in force 1.4.1991 by S.I. 1991/1042, art. 2; s. 111(6)(6A)(8)-(10) in force at 1.2.1993 by S.I. 1992/3253, art. 3

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